Locke-kun wrote:You keep letting yourself be distracted.
But, I must agree, GitS is one of those anime's that almost everyone knows about and everyone should see at least once. Akira is the same, and I think Evangelion could fit in that category as well, although I haven't seen Akira myself.
Humm... my recommendation would be reading the Akira manga first (preferably in black and white if you can find that version [stfu Lucky]).
It shows that the movie tried cramming all 2000+ pages into under 2 hours...